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Rushmore (Criterion) (Blu-Ray)
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The dazzling sophomore film from Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) is equal parts coming-of-age story, French New Wave homage, and screwball comedy. Tenth grader Max Fischer (The Darjeeling Limited’s Jason Schwartzman) is Rushmore Academy’s most extracurricular student—and its least scholarly. He faces expulsion, and enters into unlikely friendships with both a lovely first-grade teacher (The Ghost Writer’s Olivia Williams) and a melancholy self-made millionaire (Groundhog Day’s Bill Murray, in an award-winning performance). Set to a soundtrack of classic British Invasion tunes, Rushmore defies categorization; it captures the pain and exuberance of adolescence with wit, emotional depth, and cinematic panache.
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Or we could just talk about how great this film is.
"Rushmore" stars the son of Talia Shire("Rocky"), Jason Schwartzman(of the highly-awful SLACKERS) in his debut performance as an overachieving student of Rushmore Academy named Max Fischer. Max does everything one could possibly do at a school except for keeping his grades high which suffer due to all the activites he works on. He runs clubs dedicated to stamp-collecting, astronomy, fencing, and debating, just to name a few and when he's not doing all this, he's directing "hit-plays" like SERPICO, based off the film of the same name.
His friends consist of Dirk(Mason Gamble), his chapel-partner; Mr. Bloom(Bill Murray in a quiet, understated breakthrough performance), the owner of a metal/construction-plant; Bert Fischer(Seymour Cassel), his father; and his love, "Miss Cross"(the beautiful Olivia Williams)...
It ain't that easy, unfortunately. For someone who has done it all, Max doesn't have it all. He's only Dirk's friend because he likes his mother, he likes Mr. Bloom because he mistakenly thinks Bloom thinks the same way he does, him and his father are close but are more like friends and Mrs. Cross doesn't want to be romanitcally involved with Max because Max is a minor, for the love of God. On top of all of this, his fellow peers can't stand him as he ruthlessly and sadistically uses them to achieve his fame and steer his ship, the school he calls Rushmore Academy.
RUSHMORE is beautifully written by Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson, well-acted, expertly directed and at times, slightly touching.Read more ›
The Criterion collection edition is absolutely brilliant. The most important feature is the full length audio commentary, featuring Mr. Wilson, Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Schwartzman. Watch this movie a couple of times, and then put on that audio track. It opens you up to a whole world that you didn't even notice the first couple of viewings.
This is why DVDs were invented. It includes the movie, of course, but a great commentary from director Wes Anderson, coscreenwriter Owen Wilson and actor Schwartzman. It also has a great behind the scenes documentary, by Anderson's brother. The 1999 MTV movie awards clips, where the Max Fischer plays reproduce scenes from Truman Show, Armageddon and Out of Sight is brillaintly, and a great addition to this DVD. There are even interviews with Murray and Wes Anderson from the Charlie Rose show! Even after watching the movie this DVD kept me completely engrossed for hours. It even includes a section called color bars...those lovely "this is only a test of the emergency broadcasting system" bars that we all grew up to love.
So if you haven't scene this movie yet, you are missing out on an American classic. And if you have seen it and are looking for the right way of adding it to your movie collection the Criterion Edition is the perfect choice.
Max Fischer (brilliantly played by Jason Schwartzman) is merely the LEAD oddball in this movie. There are many others, not the least being a scabrous Bill Murray in a supporting role as Herman, a Rushmore alumnus. Both Max and Herman make the mistake of falling for Olivia Williams, who is pretty much right in the middle of them, age-wise. Astonishingly, Anderson doesn't make these separate crushes seem ridiculous. Max's lovelorn state, indeed, might bring back to some viewers some of the inadvised crushes they went through in their own youth.
There's a lot of goofiness in this movie, arguably too much goofiness. Max's student play, a Vietnam phantasy, replete with ear-plugs that come with the program (due to actual shooting of blanks on stage), might be just a bit overdetermined -- does he really have to be THAT crazy? Well, no and yes: creating memorable characters such as these carries the risk of overdoing it. *Rushmore* is the kind of movie where the director presents many items for your perusal; you can laugh at whatever you wish. Or not. Happily, Anderson doesn't try so damn hard. Writers and directors who aspire to comedy should duly take note.
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I love this crazy Wes Anderson film. It is far from perfect but I will watch it again and again in the future. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark
This was a charming and quirky movie! Well written, well acted, and well filmed... humourous and thought provoking... Highly recommendedPublished on Feb. 12 2014 by jane dormon
Comedy is so subjective. Some people want American Pie, The Hangover, or the latest Eddie Murphy movie, while others prefer gentle indie comedies such as Little Miss Sunshine. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2012 by Steven Aldersley
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
In this movie, 10th grader Max Fischer falls in love with the widowed 1st grade teacher at his school. Read more
I wish there were more movies like this one. It's totally off-the-wall, but has intelligence and a warm heart. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Bluesy200
This promises to be a more satisfying DVD than the mass-market edition as it offers many bonuses along with the very engaging movie. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by James Ferguson
Rushmore is the greatest movie of all time. go buy it now. Jason Schwartzman is hysterical, and is also one hell of a drummer!Published on Feb. 19 2004 by Brian DeMartinis
For everyone who agrees that Rushmore is on par with any and all the other "greatest movies of all time", the Criterion Collection DVD will more than pay you back in value for the... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by fearfuljesuit
There isn't much I can't say about this film that hasn't already been said. This is a great comedy, and probably my favorite of Wes Anderson's films. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Joseph W. Bauer